Welcome to the International Department of St John's College. Here you'll find a traditional boys school that prepares young men for an increasingly challenging world. 

All of our students are supported to build a strong sense of their own worth, within a Christian environment that demands respect and kindness for others. We value the presence and contribution of international students in our St John's community, and we work hard to make sure they are successful in their academic programmes and also that they enjoy their time with us in New Zealand.

International students join our mainstream academic classes, combined with specialist English language tutoring to ensure their success. An orientation programme settles students into the College routines, and there’s plenty of opportunity for one-to-one conversations with our International team. Academic progress is monitored closely and in their English language tuition classes students are supported to complete their subject work.  

As signatories to the Education Code of Practice, you can be sure that students are well cared for both here at College and in their homestay accommodation. Students live with homestay families, meaning they join a Kiwi family and live in their home. Homestay parents are carefully vetted and we match students with the right kind of family to suit their personal circumstances and interests. Some of our international students arrange their own accommodation with extended family or other private connections. These 'Designated Carers' must be approved by the College.

Why Choose St. John’s College?

  • An excellent record of academic achievement in NCEA.
  • A safe, green environment located in the spacious Waikato Region. 
  • A high school with strong family values. 
  • Recognizes and adapts quickly to meet the needs of each International student.  
  • Small ESOL classes and IELTS preparation. 
  • Students are quickly and thoroughly orientated at school, and placed in subjects based upon choice and ability.
  • International students’ ‘home room’ to enjoy during breaks. 
  • All International students will be mainstreamed with New Zealand students. 

Please look through our website and accompanying material to learn more. If you have any queries I would welcome a message or call.

Mr Edward Park, Dean of international Students
P: +64 21 059 7127
E: [email protected]

Downloads and Links

St John's College Prospectus

St John's College Application Form

2024 International Fees

2025 International Fees

Studying in New Zealand

NCEA Guide

NCEA Fact Sheet

The Education (Pastoral Care of Tertiary and International Learners) Code of Practice 2021

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